Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Budget Delivers Limited Surprises; Rocky Gets $2M in Mental-Health Care

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Budget Delivers Limited Surprises; Rocky Gets $2M in Mental-Health Care

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Byline: ADAM CARROLL

MENTAL-health care in Rockhampton was given a $2 million boost in last night's budget.

The expansion of the mental-health unit at Hillcrest Private Hospital could be completed as early as next year.

The announcement was part of a Federal Budget that contained very few surprises, courtesy of a series of controlled leaks in the lead-up to last night.

Treasurer Wayne Swan, in handing down his fifth budget since Labor came to power in 2007, achieved a on paper at least a his promised surplus.

The modest $1.5 billion surplus for the 2012-13 financial year was achieved through asaving and redirecting $33.6 billiona over the next four years.

But in truth, the Government's bark was worse than its bite when it came to delivering athe toughest budget in 25 yearsa.

Mr Swan had promised a afair-goa budget in recent days, and last night he revealed how he would pay for it a the mining boom.

He unveiled a $3.6 billion Spreading the Benefits of the Boom package, which he said had been designed to ashare the proceeds of the mining tax with families and small businessa. …

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